Annual General Meeting Postponed

The following is a message sent to member County Associations by SEESFA Secretary, Mark Sturgeon on 1 June 2020 in respect of the Association's Annual General Meeting.

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you and your families and friends are staying safe and well in these difficult times.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, and since The FA and ESFA suspended grassroots and schools’ football respectively in response to the Government's announcement on 16 March, schools have closed their gates to all except vulnerable children and those whose parents are key workers. Staying safe and healthy remains the priority for everyone. For those planning reopening strategies, I wish you all well.

Whilst there continue to be limitations on public gatherings to ensure social distancing during this period of lockdown, it will not be possible for a physical AGM to take place. Moreover, given the ongoing uncertainty, opportunity for decision-making is limited. 

In light of this, and following discussions with the Chairman and Treasurer, we have taken the regrettable decision to postpone the SEESFA AGM, which was scheduled for 9 June 2020.

Competition entries for next season, which were to be made prior to the AGM, are also deferred to a later date.  We will, of course, keep counties informed and, to that end, communicate a further update in the autumn term and notification of intent when we can be certain when, if and how the season can commence safely.

We must balance hope and optimism with pragmatism and realism. The current circumstances clearly imply that we are a long way from schools being able to function normally. Moreover, it seems that participation in many sports, including football, may only be possible when the final stage of the government’s ‘roadmap’ is reached, as evidenced by a vaccine, although Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, and Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, did provide some cautious hope here in response to Robbie Savage’s question at a coronavirus briefing.

The ESFA Chairman noted recently, ‘we may well need to write off the entire 2020-21 schools’ football season’; whilst we are naturally hopeful that this will not ultimately prove to be the case, we must wait and see, and unfortunately this saddening potential prospect has had to feature in our planning.

Many thanks for your understanding in these unprecedented times. We know that the determination and commitment from those involved in representative football across the South East will help the sport to bounce back when it is safe to resume.

Above all, stay safe and stay well.

2019-20 U14-U16 Boys Semi-Finals

The group stages of the 2019-20 U14-U16 Boys' Competitions have now been concluded, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals. The matches in each age group are as follows:

U14 GE Knowles Trophy

Surrey v Hertfordshire
Essex v Sussex

U15 London Cup

Kent v Essex
Norfolk v Sussex

U16 LC Hill Trophy

Sussex v Hertfordshire
Essex v Surrey

Matches are to be played before the Easter Holiday

2018-19 Roll of Honour

With all seven of the SEESFA competitions successfully completed, the Association Council extends congratulations to all of the winners, who are as follows:

U14 Boys GE Knowles Trophy: Kent
U14 Girls Essex Cup: Middlesex
U15 Boys London Cup: Essex
U16 Boys LC Hill Trophy: Sussex
U16 Girls Victoria Dodds Trophy: Hertfordshire
U19 Boys Corinthian-Casuals Trophy: Hampshire
U19 Boys St Clement Danes Trophy: Essex